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Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian - George Gustav Heye Center, New York

Photograph:Mississippians made gorgets, or jewelry that hangs around the neck, from shell.

Mississippians made gorgets, or jewelry that hangs around the neck, from shell.

The Rattlesnake Disk. stone, from Moundville, Alabama, constructed by the Mississipian people ca. 1100-1450. Once the largest settlement north of Mexico City.  (another image, thanks to Tom Butler)

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Engraved Shell Gorget - Early to Middle Caddo : circa 1150-1450 AD - found at Spiro Mound site, Eastern Oklahoma - housed at Old State House Museum, Little Rock, Arkansas - Image : © Jim Steinhart 2011

Engraved Shell Gorget - Early to Middle Caddo : circa CE. Found at Spiro Mound site, Eastern Oklahoma - housed at Old State House Museum, Little Rock, Arkansas - Image : © Jim Steinhart 2011

falcon dancer with mace and cut head

Riches of the Classic Mississippian Civilization

gorgets - Gilcrease Museum

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Incised shell cup, ca. 1250-1300, probably for ritual purposes, such as the consumption of Black Drink, depicting warriors, male chief-priests, or perhaps supernatural figures bedecked with jewelry, beaded fore-locks, columella pendants, elaborate hair styles and headdresses, ear spools, and body paint and tattoos.

Incised shell cup, ca. 1250-1300, probably for ritual purposes, such as the consumption of Black Drink, depicting warriors, male chief-priests, or perhaps supernatural figures bedecked with jewelry, beaded fore-locks, columella pendants, elaborate hair styles and headdresses, ear spools, and body paint and tattoos.

Cherokee native shell gorget with 'Water spider' motif.  The spider was believed to carry the first fire to humans. Mississippian era 1000 - 1600 AD, Tennessee, USA

Cherokee native shell gorget with 'Water spider' motif. The spider was believed…

A Mississippian culture Hightower style Birdman themed shell gorget from the Hixon Site in Hamilton County, Tennessee and now housed at the Frank H. McClung Museum in Knoxville, Tennessee.

A Mississippian culture Hightower style Birdman themed shell gorget from the Hixon Site in Hamilton County, Tennessee and now housed at the Frank H. McClung Museum in Knoxville, Tennessee.

A Mississippian culture Citico style herpetomorphic themed shell gorget found in Anderson County, Tennessee.

A Mississippian culture Citico style herpetomorphic themed shell gorget found in Anderson County, Tennessee.

A Mississippian culture Williams Island style or Spaghetti style Birdman themed shell gorget.

A Mississippian culture Williams Island style or Spaghetti style Birdman themed shell gorget.

So-called "Buffalo-style" maskette gorget from northeastern Arkansas's Nodena site (Pacaha's chiefdom), ca. 1200-1400, showing the weeping or "forked-eye" or falcon eye motif. Probably represents a deity or the impersonation of a deity (HRoe_2006). Note generic resemblance to "God Mask" earrings, pendants, and plates in wood, copper, and bone.

Shell gorget - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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This stone artifact, known as the Rattlesnake Disk - it also shows the old symbol "Hand of Fatima"- is Moundville's best known find. It was found by a farmer plowing his field. (This image courtesy Moundville Archaeological Park)

Mississippian culture vessel from the Berry site in Missouri. Features an incised feline motif. This photo shows the bottom of the cat vessel. What's neat about this pot is that it combines two creatures typically associated with the Mississippian Lowerworld - i.e., the cat and serpent. In this photo you can actually see the rattles on the serpent's tail on the left side and the critter's head on the right side.

Mississippian culture vessel from the Berry site in Missouri. Features an incised feline motif. This photo shows the bottom of the cat vessel. What's neat about this pot is that it combines two creatures typically associated with the Mississippian Lowerworld - i.e., the cat and serpent. In this photo you can actually see the rattles on the serpent's tail on the left side and the critter's head on the right side.

Native American war shirts used by southwest Indian tribes are a very interesting part of American history. Worn by braves as badges of honor, they represented the bravery of the warrior during battle. Indian war shirts were often made of buckskin and decorated extensively with items found at the battle site. See our great collection of Native American war shirts for southwest decor or collectors of Native American art at http://www.missiondelrey.com/native-american-war-shirts-vests/

Native American war shirts used by southwest Indian tribes are a very interesting part of American history. Worn by braves as badges of honor, they represented the bravery of the warrior during battle. Indian war shirts were often made of buckskin and dec

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